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3/25/15: Is there any doubt these days that Mizzou is a legit SEC team these days? If there is, then just look at their pro day. All 32 NFL teams had representatives present to watch Mizzou's cache of professional talents. The real star of the day was defensive lineman Shane Ray. Ray projects to be a first round pick in the NFL Draft in May. He is just the latest of Mizzou defenders to get a lot of attention, just like Sheldon Richardson and Aldon Smith, two name a couple. The Tigers are a first class SEC program these days, as much as former rival Kansas hates to admit it.
3/11/15: Mizzou took criticism from all sides when they announced they were joining the SEC. SEC traditionalists said they could not compete (Mizzou has won the SEC East the last two years). Big 12 rivals said they were bailing out (the Big 12 was a mess at the time due to Texas' unwillingness to share the pie and did not put a team in the first College Football Playoff). Finally, arch rival Kansas said MIzzou quit (Mizzou holds the all-time lead in the series, and won the last few games). But the move has been good for Mizzou on several levels. Money is important and Missouri, like all SEC schools, got $5 million from the SEC Network in just its first year of operation. So, how are the Jayhawks doing?
2/25/15: Mizzou fans may well be watching what will become of former standout wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham at the NFL Draft in May. DGB was the number one player at any position in the country coming out of high school, and landing him in the 2012 recruiting class was a major coup for the Tigers. He had strong seasons as a true freshman and sophomore, but was dismissed from the team for repeated off-field incidents. He landed at Oklahoma, but never played a down. He went to the NFL combine last week and recorded a 4.49 second time in the 40-yard dash. He is as good as any receiver in the draft, but his checkered past may knock his stock down.
2/18/15: Missouri won the Big 12 North Championship in the 2007 season. That was the year that even though they had beaten Kansas for the division, the Orange Bowl inexplicably selected Kansas over Mizzou, which was among the biggest snub jobs of the BCS era. Three highly decorated players from that team were selected to join the Mizzou Hall of Fame last week. The trio is quarterback Chase Daniel, tight end Chase Coffman and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Daniel has held on in the NFL as a backup while Maclin is one of the better wide receivers and is thriving in Chip Kelly's offense in Philadelphia.
2/11/15: Missouri has built up a strong reputation in recent years for its defense and ability to develop talent into top tier NFL prospects. There is a long list including Aldon Smith and Sheldon Richardson, and the most recent, Shane Ray. The Tigers may have found their next gem in defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. Beckner is a five star recruit and ranked second in the nation at any position by the World Wide Leader. He committed to Mizzou on National Signing Day, turning down the last two national champions, Ohio State and Florida State. Mizzou's class was ranked 27th by Rivals, so nice job Tigers.
2/4/15: The man who has led Missouri Tigers athletics for nearly two decades stepping down. That would be Athletic Director Mike Alden, who has held the job since 1998. Some of his bigger accomplishments include the hiring of head football coach Gary Pinkle and orchestrating Mizzou's move from the Big 12 to the SEC. August 31 will be his last day on the job before he takes on the role of instructor in the Positive Coaching Program at the school's College of Education. It is quite fair to say that no AD in Mizzou's long history has had such an impact as Alden.
1/28/15: Mizzou has had a great defensive line for a number of years and much of that was due to D-Line coach Craig Kuligowski. Coach K oversaw the development of such stars as Ziggy Hood, Sheldon Richardson, Aldon Smith and, most recently, Shane Ray. However, Kuligowski was passed over for defensive coordinator when Dave Steckel left to be head coach at Missouri State. Instead, Mizzou hired former Mizzou player and Barry Odom. It looks like Kuligowski could be heading to Illinois to be their defensive coordinator, and with only about a week before signing day, that could change some recruits minds.
1/21/15: When one takes a step back and looks at the Missouri football program under the leadership of Gary Pinkle, one must be amazed and impressed. Mizzou was an afterthought in the Big 8 and then Big 12 for years (anyone remember 'Woody's Wagon'?). However, Pinkle rebuilt the program and got the Tigers into a couple Big 12 Championship Games with a high powered offense. Now in the SEC, Pinkle has transformed the team into a defensive powerhouse with guys like Sheldon Richardson and Aldon Smith. Their latest defensive stud, Shane Ray, should be an early pick in the NFL Draft in May.
1/14/15: It's declaring time and Mizzou's Shane Ray has decided that he is going to skip his senior year at the University of Missouri and head to the NFL Draft. Ray is just the latest defensive lineman from Missouri to move on to the professional ranks as Mizzou has become something of a defensive football factory in recent years. Like others before him, Ray may well be a first round pick. He is a great pass rusher and set the school record for sacks in a season with 12. So while Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston will get all the publicity in the draft, Ray may end up being the best of the bunch.
1/7/15: Missouri finished up their 2014 season with a birth in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day against Minnesota of the Big 10. The Tigers looked out of sorts for much of the first half, but did take a narrow lead into the half. Then they turned it on and showed the Golden Gophers just what SEC football is about. In the end, the Tigers shut down Minnesota's offense and rolled to a convincing 33-17 win. It was especially sweet for the defense as it was defensive coordinator Dave Steckle's last game before he takes the head coaching position at Missouri State.
12/3/14: Three years into being a member of the SEC and the Tigers' football program can start thumbing its nose at their fellow conference members. Mizzou earned their second straight trip to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship Game this Saturday by rising up and beating Arkansas on the final week of the year. The Tigers were able to win three tough games to hold off Georgia through the season. Mizzou finished the season at 10-2 and 7-1 in SEC play. They now will face their biggest challenge when they face Alabama for the SEC Championship and a New Year's Day bowl game on the line..
11/19/14: Missouri kept their one game lead in the SEC East by holding off Texas A&M in College Station, Texas last Saturday. QB Maty Mauk was adequate, throwing for 252 yards and one touchdown and one interception. However, the rushing attack was lethal, racking up 335 yards and three scores. Russell Hansbrough contributed 199 yards and two touchdowns on his own, as the Tigers won 34-27. Mizzou Improved to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in SEC play. They have two SEC games left on the schedule, including at Tennessee this Saturday. Missouri will win the SEC East if they win out the rest of the season.
11/12/14: Mizzou may not be the team they were last season, but they still lead the SEC East. Georgia's inexplicable loss to the Florida Gators opened the door for the Tigers to return to the SEC Championship Game. That being said, they still have conference games against Texas A&M, Tennessee and Arkansas. That is probably the easiest schedule of the teams that are still contending in the division. Of course, the winner of the East will still have to face the winner of the SEC West, and that is a tall order. Mizzou had a bye last weekend but heads Texas A&M this Saturday.
11/5/14: Great news Mizzou fans. The Tigers are alone in the SEC East after beating Kentucky 20-10 and Florida beating Georgia. Missouri (7-2) is the only SEC East team with one loss in the conference and has a clear path to return to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. The win over Kentucky was efficient, though not overwhelming. The Tigers barely eclipsed 300 yards of total offense, but it was enough. Mizzou still has three SEC games left that they will have to win. They have a bye this weekend then are at Texas A&M, followed by games at Tennessee and at home against Arkansas.
10/29/14: As the old saying goes, you should always be happy with a win in the SEC, regardless of the opponent. And that may well be what they are saying at Mizzou this week after the Tigers outlasted the Vanderbilt Commodores 24-14. Many thought this game should not have been this close, but the win was Missouri's sixth, making them bowl eligible. It also pushed their SEC record to 3-1. They could find themselves back in the SEC Championship Game if Georgia were to falter somewhere along the line. Mizzou has to be concerned about the passing game, but at least the ground attack generated 244 yards and controlled the game. Missouri stays at home this Saturday to host Kentucky.
10/22/14: Mizzou was dominated at home by Georgia two weeks ago and there were a lot of questions about their offense. There still may be questions about the offense - they did not do much against Florida, but they did blow out the Gators in the Swamp. The Mizzou defense/special teams hit a grand slam - scoring touchdowns on a kickoff return, a punt return, and interception and a fumble. It was absolute carnage in a venue that was once one of the most daunting places for visiting teams to play. Mizzou improved to 5-2 on the season and 3-1 in SEC play. The Tigers are back home this Saturday to host Vanderbilt.
10/15/14: The Missouri Tigers are becoming one of the most difficult and maddening team to figure out this season. They inexplicably lost to a bad Indiana team at home, so they were knocked out of the top 25. Then they beat a good South Carolina team on the road, getting them back up to number 23 and position them for the SEC East. They had a chance to take control of the division last weekend when Georgia, without star running back Todd Gurley, came to town. But the Bulldogs ran all over the Tigers, winning 34-0. The loss drops Mizzou to 4-2 overall, 1-1 in the SEC and likely out of the top 25. Maybe they get back in next week when they visit Florida.
10/8/14: College football fans are a fickle bunch. After losing to Indiana at home, then being down late to South Carolina on the road, many Mizzou boosters were calling for the job of QB Maty Mauk. Mauk led the Tigers back against the Gamecocks, putting Mizzou in good position early on in the SEC East. Really, there is no other option than Mauk, who has the chance to develop into another great Tigers QB. Mizzou had a bye in Week 6 of the season and is back at home for a big test against Georgia this Saturday.
10/1/14: Mizzou spent a week taking shots from the national media for losing to Indiana at home two weeks ago. Maybe those same 'experts' will be singing their praises this week after Mizzou went to South Carolina (who was the preseason favorite to win the SEC East), and rallied for a dramatic 21-20 win over the No. 13 ranked Gamecocks. South Carolina seemed to have the game in hand, but could not put a resilient Mizzou team away. In the end, the Tigers scored two touchdowns with less than seven minutes to play to steal the big victory. The Tigers have a week to enjoy the win as they have a bye this week.
9/24/14: The Tigers have to feel pretty low this week after losing at home to an Indiana team that lost to Bowling Green a week earlier. The Tigers entered the game as heavy favorites and ranked 18th in the nation. Indiana controlled the game, though Mizzou took a late 27-24 lead. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Hoosiers scored a late touchdown and won 31-27. The loss comes at tough time, as this was intended to be the final tune up before Mizzou gets into their SEC schedule. The Tigers open SEC play this Saturday with a trip to South Carolina.
9/17/14: Mizzou did what Bayor could not do during the Fiesta Bowl last season - they ground the UCF Knights offense to a dead halt. Number 20 Missouri hosted UCF, who is coming off of a heartbreaking last second loss to Penn State (in Ireland). UCF briefly took a 10-7 lead in the second quarter, but it was the Tigers from then on. Mizzou racked up 31 unanswered points in a 38-10 win over the best non-Power 5 team. Maty Mauk was limited to under 150 passing, but did have four TD throws, so much for stats. The Tigers improved to 3-0 on the season and host Indiana this Saturday.
8/28/14: For generations, Mizzou was a conference rival of the Oklahoma Sooners - and usually ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard. The Sooners remain in the Big 12 while Missouri has moved on to the SEC, but there is still not much love lost. The Tigers dismissed their best offensive weapon, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham earlier in year due to several off field incidents. He landed with the Sooner, who tried to get him waived through to play this season. That request was denied by the NCAA last week. So the ultra-talented DGB will not be playing in the 2014 season.
8/21/14: The Missouri Tigers still cannot seem to get much respect in the SEC, even though they won the Eastern Division last season (in only their second season in the best conference in college football). The general consensus is that they will finish middle of the pack in the East this coming season. It is true that they only return seven of 22 starters this fall, but many of those guys do have a good deal of experience already. A lot will depend upon the play of QB Maty Mauk, who is an underrated talent. He did quite well filling in for James Franklin last season, and it actually probably better than his predecessor.
8/14/14: There has been a lot of talk within college football about Power 5 schools only playing games amongst each other, and not scheduling teams from lower conferences or divisions. That is especially debated in the SEC where Alabama head coach Nick Saban is leading the charge. However, Tigers head coach Gary Pinkle is against that idea. He believes the SEC is 'tough enough on' it's own as well as wanting to help schools outside the Power 5 that benefit from the exposure and revenue that playing a big name opponent brings. Mizzou plays UCF this season, which finished last year ranked 10th in the nation and beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.
8/7/14: The Tigers may have a very difficult time repeating their success from last season. Mizzou put up a very potent offense, particularly in the passing game. Unfortunately, they will be without many of their key players. Leading receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was kicked off the team for several off-field incidents (and Oklahoma is holding its breath hoping he can be eligible this season). L'Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas went to NFL. Now comes word that Levi Copleing has been suspended for 2014 for taking a banned substance. The team will have to go forward with Bud Sasser and Darious White.
7/31/14: There were a lot of questions when Mizzou decided to bolt the Big 12 for the SEC a few years ago. At the time, the Big 12 was an organizational mess and seemed to be on the verge of collapsing. Many mocked the move at the time, claiming that Missouri could not compete in the SEC, and those jokes seemed to be validated in their first year of conference play. But they got validation last season by winning the SEC East (though they still do not get their due respect from the SEC media). But the move should turn out to be the right one in the long-run. The SEC generates a lot more money each year than the Big 12, and the conference will launch the SEC Network in August, which should generate even more money and a higher profile for the Tigers.
7/24/14: Mizzou attended their third SEC media days last week. And it was more of the same. Most media members discounted them and do not feel they are worthy of getting any recognition from the SEC. That is a strange belief, especially considering the Tigers won the SEC East outright last season. Mizzou was picked to finish fourth in the East for this season, but they may be even better. Maty Mauk takes over as QB, and he is arguably better than James Franklin. The Tigers have recruited very well for the past several seasons, and they have an underrated coaching staff. The Tigers are good enough to repeat and turn the SEC on its head.
7/17/14: Mizzou got one of their own back last week, and at the expense of a long-time rival. A.J. Ricker is joining the Tigers' coaching staff as the new offensive line coach. If his name sounds familiar to the Mizzou family, it should. He was Mizzou's center, playing in 47 games from 2000 to 2003. He spent last season in the same position for Illinois. The position came open recently long-time Gary Pinkle assistant Bruce Walker suddenly retired. Prior to coaching at Illini, Ricker was the offensive line coach at Western Michigan in 2008 and again in 2011 and 2012. Good for Missouri for brining back one of their own to fill an important role.
7/10/14: Two months ago, the University of Missouri football program suspended (indefinitely) star wide receiver Dorial Beckham-Green from the team for a series of off-field incidents. A few days later, he was no longer at the school. It looked like he would drop to the FCS level for a season before entering the NFL draft next year, but it turns out that Oklahoma will be his next stop. He will likely have to sit out a year due to transfer rules, but Oklahoma is trying to use a little known exception to play this coming season. Of course, that would require Mizzou to say that leaving the school was due to a situation outside of DGB's control, which is obviously is not true.
7/3/14: A lot of SEC blue bloods laughed when Mizzou joined the conference two years ago. The Tigers first season in the all-mighty SEC simply gave them more to laugh about as they considered Mizzou a second-tier program that did not belong with the big boys. That changed last season as the Tigers won the SEC East and advanced to the SEC Championship Game. So this year has some extra importance on viability of Mizzou in the SEC. Are they a truly competitive program or was last season a fluke. Maty Mauk takes over at QB, and many think he is better than his predecessor, James Franklin.
6/26/14: Mizzou was roundly mocked just two years ago when they joined the SEC. The traditionalists down south said the Tigers could never compete with their storied programs. Of course Mizzou won the SEC East last season and made it to the Conference Championship Game. Now the SEC is honoring the Tigers for how they handled and respected Michael Sam last season. It is just a sportsmanship award, but at the same time is a nice recognition of head coach Gary Pinkle, his staff and the entire program for being mature and tolerant during the first known situation of its kind. Well done, Mizzou.
6/19/14: Mizzou wide receiving recruit Darnell Green has elected to push back his enrollment at Mizzou until January 2015. Green is the younger brother of recently dismissed wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, and there was some doubt if the younger Green would come to Mizzou at all considering DGB's dismissal. Darnell is a strong prospect, but missed his sophomore and junior seasons in high school while battling leukemia. Apparently, he would like to build up his shape and physique this fall and be ready to play in the 2015 season. There is still no word yet on what DGB may do. He could transfer to an FCS program and play in the fall, or skip a year and declare for the NFL draft.
6/12/14: The University of Missouri football program received a lot of accolades for how they handled Michael Sam last season, after he announced to the team of his sexual orientation. Indeed, Mizzou was classy throughout the season and respected Sam's wishes. The big story is how NFL players would deal with Sam. Now with the St. Louis Rams, Sam has fit in well. Star defensive lineman Chris Long says no one cares and only the media is making an issue. That is welcome news and does show the maturity of today's NFL players, as well as Mizzou's players and staff.
6/6/14: Mizzou did the right thing by getting rid of wide receiver Dorial Beckham-Green. As good as DBG is, and he is an outstanding player, head coach Gary Pinkle could not overlook his erratic behavior and recent arrests. So what is next for DBG? Initial reports indicated that he would drop down to the FCS level to play next season, likely at Eastern Illinois. That has not come to pass and new reports are the he may actually sit out the 2014 football season and enter the 2015 draft. It is probably a good idea for him, assuming he can continue to train and not get into any trouble. Some NFL team will take him based on his talent. Perhaps he can turn his life around like Brandon Marshall, Randy Moss and Chris Carter, and have a great NFL career.
5/29/14: Now that the draft is three weeks gone and the dust has settled, particularly on the initial reactions to the St. Louis Rams drafting former Mizzou standout Michael Sam, the Tigers can return to normalcy. They can finally prepare for the upcoming SEC schedule (and defending their SEC East crown) without the glare of TV cameras. Both Sam and Kony Easly were great players for the Tigers, but MIzzou has had a history of great defenders over the past 10-15 years. The next one may be defensive end Markus Golden. He had 55 tackles last season, 13 of which were for loss, as well as 6.5 sacks and forced one fumble and recovered two. He should be a starter this season, so his numbers may just go up.
5/22/14: The Tigers have put out a lot of good players in the past decade or so. Defensive players like Sheldon Richardson and Alden Smith may get the most attention, but the Tigers have had some pretty good QBs over that time as well. They seem content with Maty Mauk taking the starter's role next season, and for good reason. At the same time, they have lost Trent Hosick, who left to get more playing time. Hosick will have to go to JUCO for a year (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M), but is now committed to BYU for the 2015 season.
5/15/14: Missouri was well represented at the NFL draft with several players being taken by NFL teams. That is no surprise as the program has pumped out a number of NFL players in recent years. The biggest story, of course, is the St. Louis Rams taking defensive end Michael Sam. Usually, the 249th pick gets no recognition, but Sam is the first openly gay player to be drafted. He was not a lock to be picked. While almost everyone says his personal life is no issue, he is a bit undersized. The Rams liked his motor and anticipation, and must feel that they have a strong enough locker room that his personal life is a non-issue.
5/8/14: The saga of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham is over at Mizzou, and it is a sad story. DGB was the top recruit in the nation two years ago, and the Tigers staged a major coup by signing him. He did well his freshman year and really came into his own last season. He has been in legal trouble for off field issues since the end of last season, and the Tigers released him. DGB will play college football next season, but not at the FBS level. Reports now are that he may be heading to Eastern Illinois. He could play a year there and enter the NFL draft, or transfer to another D1 program.
5/1/14: The Missouri Tigers have quietly built a nice lineage of quarterbacks over the past decade or so, with standout such as Brad Smith and Blaine Gabbert. Unlike his predecessors, former Mizzou QB James Franklin may not get the chance to go to the NFL, but his backup (Maty Mauk) may well one day. Mauk subbed in for an injured Franklin last season and did pretty well. He is the entrenched starter now. That seems to have forced 2013 recruit Trent Hosick to transfer. It is probably in Hosick's best interest to go elsewhere, because there was a very good chance that he would be third on the depth chart and not get to play for some time.
4/24/14: Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkle dismissed star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from the Tigers' football program a few weeks ago, and the team is working to adjust to life without their best player. It also hurts the team that their next two best receivers, L'Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas, are not around either. However, expected starter Maty Mauk insists that the incident is behind them and they will be fine. The Tigers do have Darius White, who transfered from Texas, and will get his shot at being the primary target this season, as well as Bud Sasser.
4/17/14: The Mizzou football program had a tough week, enough to be a major distraction from spring practices. The team did what could be a first in the SEC: dismissing a star player from the team. After three off-field incidents in the past few months, the team rid themselves of star wide receiver Dorial Beckham-Green. DBG was Mizzou's leading receiver last season (as a sophomore). Two years ago, he was the number one recruit in the country and the Tigers staged a major coup by signing him over more storied programs throughout the country. The dismissal shows that head coach Gary Pinkle's patience can only be pushed so far, even if you are among the best players on the team.
4/10/14: Mizzou figures to look quite a bit different when they take the field this fall in their third season in the SEC. The Tigers are coming off of an SEC East championship and a big win in the Cotton Bowl, bolstered by a strong defense and the most prolific offense in school history. Mizzou will have to replace QB James Franklin (graduation) and running back Henry Josey (NFL). The QB battle will get the attention, and it looks like it is Maty Mauk's to lose. Running back will be another story. Josey's longtime friend Marcus Murphy hopes to get the feature back job. Mizzou is pretty deep on talent these days, so while the names may change, the points should keep coming.
4/3/14: The football players at Northwestern University successfully got a favorable ruling from te National Labor Relations Board, which is their first step in being recognized as employees of the university and forming their own union. Former Mizzou wide receiver T.J. Moe was active on social media last week, following the judgment, and does not think it is a good idea. Moe brings up important points such as medical benefits and taxes, items that could become big hindrances to a unionized college athletic program. Moe believes the system needs to change, but not through unionization. Sometimes, beware of what you wish for.
3/27/14: Mizzou football is back in the media again after being quiet for a few weeks. First the bad side: Two players, cornerback Aarion Penton and safety Shaun Rupert, were arrested for suspicion of possession of marijuana - so time reset the 'days since arrest' clock to zero. The good side was that both Kony Ealy and Michael Sams posted outstanding performance at their pro day. Both improved upon their workouts at the Combine last month. Sams also took out an advertisement thanking the university for their support over the past year. That shines a good light on Mizzou, even if the recent arrests do not.
3/20/14: A funny thing about Mizzou football is how underrated they are. Even after winning the SEC East title last season and playing in the SEC Championship Game, there are still many SEC traditionalists who doubt Missouri can be a true SEC team. Of course, they should look no further than Kentucky or Vanderbilt, and even Tennessee over the last decade before they make that presumption. The Tigers will have a new QB in place next season, and that is likely to be sophomore Maty Mauk. Mauk filled in very well for an injured James Franklin last season, and is actually probably better suited to the Tigers offense.
3/13/14: The Mizzou draft class has been pretty well documented so far this offseason, but that is primarily because of Michael Sam and his announcement. What is getting overlooked is that Kony Easly, defensive end, will probably be a first round draft pick. This is becoming a pattern at MIzzou. He would be the ninth first round pick in the Gary Pinkle era and the fourth defensive lineman taken in the first round from Mizzou sinced 2009. He is not like Sheldon Richardson (from whom he has been getting advice), but more like Aldon Smith - not bad company to be in for the next first round selection.
3/6/14: Several years ago, there was a lot of rumors of Gary Pinkle heading to Washington when that job became open. Pinkle stayed at Mizzou (obviously), and has since led his program into the SEC and into the SEC Championship Game. He was not one of the candidates or hot coaches mentioned when the Texas job was open a couple months ago (though he has recruited well enough in Texas to have merited some interest). A lot of coaches mentioned in that search signed big new contracts. Pinkle now has his extension. It is not a huge increase in terms of dollars, but will take him past 2017.
2/27/14: The University of Missouri football team continues to draw praise for how they handled and supported former linebacker Michael Sam's decision to openly declare his sexual orientation. Sam told the team of his orientation prior to last season, and the team, by all accounts, was supportive and never made an issue of it. While the terms 'support' and 'tolerant' have been used interchangeably, the fact of the matter is that the team respected the decision and never let it become a distraction as they went 11-2 and won the SEC East in their second year in the conference.
2/20/14: Of course the big news coming out of Missouri recently is the announcement that former Tiger and current NFL prospect Michael Sam is set to become the first openly out player. Sam informed his teammates last summer, and they supported him throughout. Sam was the SEC co-defensive player of the year for the 2013 season, and looks to be drafted between the third and fifth round. Of course a lot can change between now and draft day, but it looks like Sam will get his chance to play in the NFL, and there has been an outpouring of support for him.
2/13/14: Mizzou is learning what life in the SEC is all about, one day at a time. The Tigers had another standard football recruiting class this season. There was no Dorial Beckham-Green, or otherwise most prized recruit. Instead, they got quality recruits, though many of them may have been under the radar. That is not a big concern for the Tigers. That is the norm. What Mizzou does well is coach up talent to get their best. Indeed, looking at the guys that have gone pro, it is an impressive group. Expect the same this year from one of the best coaching staffs in the nation.
2/6/14: Mizzou, like everyone else, is finishing up their recruiting season - so this is a busy time of year for Gary Pinkle and his staff. Like past years, Missouri is ranked in the mid 30's for their class. It is tough to compete in the SEC with the likes of Alabama and LSU, as well other powerhouses like Florida State and USC. Two years ago, the Tigers landed the highest ranked prospect in WR Dorial Green-Beckham. He is developing into a great player. What Mizzou has shown, though, is they can get lower ranked players and make them champions, as they did by winning the SEC East last season. They may not have the most heralded group, but this coaching staff knows how to develop talent.
1/30/14: Mizzou has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. First, Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested for possession. He was quickly released, leading to speculation that he was not involved. Fellow WR Levi Copelin was arrested last week with a disturbing the peace charge. Fortunately, that is only a Class B misdemeanor. Finally, the school was named in a national report for not taking action on a suicide of a swimmer, which was reported to be triggered by actions of players the football team. The report is speculative in nature, but certainly does not portray the image that the school would like.
1/23/14: Mizzou fans should be excited about 2014. The Tigers won the 2013 SEC East title and have the chance to repeat - if not improve - in 2014. QB James Franklin is gone, so is Kony Ealy and Henry Josey. That does not matter. Maty Maulk is taking over at QB, and he is probably better than Franklin. Additionally, the Tigers have shown they can recruit well both in Missouri and talent-rich Texas. Mizzou fans should expect a more potent offense next season and another year of tenacious defense. The stage is set for them to start a dynasty in the SEC East.
1/16/14: So what does the future hold in store for Mizzou football? The Tigers became an SEC powerhouse in their second year in the conference, winning the East Division, playing in the SEC Conference Championship Game, and beating Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl. Mizzou had a great defense this past year and looks to improve next season. They will have to do that without star running back Henry Josey. Josey will enter the NFL draft. One cannot blame him. He missed all of 2012 due to injury and could have been badly hurt by a late hit in the SEC Championship Game.
1/9/14: Mizzou finished off the 2013 season in style with a thrilling rally in the fourth quarter to beat former Big 12 rival Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl. OSU tied the game at 17 in the fourth quarter, then Mizzou dropped 24 points of their own to earn a 41-31 point win. QB James Franklin played his last game, and was briefly pulled for Maty Mauk. Mauk is a more dynamic playmaker than Franklin, so the QB position looks secure again. Additionally, star defensive end Kony Ealy announced that he will declare early for the NFL draft.
1/2/13: Mizzou fans have been waiting a long time for a BCS Bowl Game, and they got snuffed out again this season. A few years ago, they beat Kansas (in the Big 12) for the North crown, but lost in the Big 12 Championship Game, Inexplicably, the Jayhawks were awarded a BCS Bowl Game, while the Tigers went to the Cotton Bowl (and demolished South Carolina). It is not as flagrant this year, but one could argue that an SEC division champion should be in the BCS. Instead, the Tigers will have to take out their frustrations on Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl on January 3rd.
12/26/13: Mizzou is preparing for the Cotton Bowl on January 3rd outside of Dallas against former Big 12 rival Oklahoma State. However, the school is about to write a $5,000 check to the SEC for a fine received when Mizzou fans stormed the field after the Texas A&M victory. It is a fine that the school is happy to pay, though a second offense is $25,000. The Tigers also agreed to a home and home series against the Perdue Boilermakers for 2017 and 2018. Like many schools, Missouri is looking to bolster their out of conference schedule to help with future strength of schedule ratings.
12/19/13: Congratulations go out to Mizzou's Michael Sam for winning the Southeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. The defensive end became the first Tiger to win a conference defensive player of the year award since 1981. Additionally, cornerback E.J. Gaines, defensive end Kony Ealy, and offensive tackle Justin Britt were named to the first team SEC team. Mizzou missed out on a BCS bowl game, but got the next best thing. They are headed to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Texas. The Missouri Tigers will face former Big 12 rival Oklahoma State on January 3rd.
12/12/13: Mizzou made it all the way to the SEC Championship Game this season, only a year removed from winning only two conference games in their inaugural season in the SEC. Many SEC experts claimed that both Texas A&M and Mizzou were finesse teams that could not compete in the SEC, but both schools have proved those skeptics wrong. Missouri came in with a top rated defense but had no answers for Auburn's triple option running attack and fell in a shootout. Missouri missed out on a BCS bid as well, but will represent the SEC in the Cotton Bowl.
12/5/13: What a difference a year makes. Mizzou was mocked in 2012 for their move to the SEC and their play did nothing to justify the move. The Tigers won just two conference games last season. But they rebuild the defense in the offseason and now 11-1 Missouri is the SEC East champ and will play 11-1 Auburn in the SEC Championship. A win will certainly earn the Tigers a BCS bowl bid and an outside chance at the BCS title game. Mizzou held off Texas A&M 28-21 in the regular season finale to earn their first division title in the SEC.
11/28/13: Mizzou got another big road win by beating Ole Miss 24-10 last Saturday. QB James Franklin returned to the field after being out for about a month due to injury. Running back Henry Josey posted 195 yards and two touchdowns and Missouri's excellent defense did the rest. The Tigers are still on top of the SEC East and must beat Texas A&M this weekend, at home, to qualify for the SEC Championship Game against either Auburn or Alabama. If they lose, then South Carolina will be the division champ this year. Mizzou is also ranked fifth in the BCS standings now.
11/21/13: The Tigers enjoyed a bye over the weekend, allowing them to prepare for the final stretch of the season. They are ranked in the top 10 in the BCS, largely because of the strength of their defense. More importantly, they lead the SEC East with a 6-1 record. That lone loss came in double overtime to South Carolina. The Gamecocks rallied to beat Florida last Saturday, so we have a dogfight on our hands the rest of the way in. Missouri has one big test left against Texas A&M. If the Tigers can win out, they will win the SEC East and play in the SEC Championship Game, likely against Alabama or Auburn.
11/14/13: The University of Missouri continues to post impressive wins and stayed on top of the SEC East division. Mizzou had a potential trap game against Kentucky, but handled that easily with a 48-17 road win. Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was the number one recruit just two years ago but has not been much of a factor to date, held his coming out party with four touchdown catches. Mizzou has another interesting game this week with a trip to Ole Miss. A win there would guarantee at least a piece of the Eastern Division title with South Carolina.
11/7/13: The Tigers rebounded nicely from their devastating overtime loss to South Carolina last week by routing the Tennessee Volunteers 31-3 last Saturday. Freshman QB Maty Mauk started again for the injured James Franklin and was outstanding with 3 TD passes - including one each to LaDanian Washington and Dorial Green-Brooks. Mizzou still controls their destiny and is in first place in the SEC East. They should move up from their #10 standing since #7 Miami lost to Florida State. With a couple more wins, the Tigers could find themselves in the SEC Championship game in only their second year in the league.
10/31/13: Mizzou hosted South Carolina in an SEC East showdown. They jumped out to a 17-0 lead and looked like they were controlling the game for the first half. However, the offense stalled in the second half and South Carolina put in their starting QB, who sparked the Gamecocks offense. South Carolina forced overtime and came out with the 27-24 double OT win. The Tigers can still win the SEC East and hold a one game lead on the division. They cannot afford to slip up again, and Texas A&M looms at the end of the regular season.
10/24/13: Mizzou was roundly mocked at the SEC Media Days in 2012 by both the media and other SEC schools - and their play in 2012 indicated that those jesters were right on. What a difference a year makes. The Tiger crushed both Vandy and Georgia on the road and exposed Florida as a fraud at home last Saturday with a convincing 36-17 win. The Tigers defense has been solid all year and the team is now 7-0 and moved into the number 5 spot in the polls. They lead the SEC East by two games and host their closest threat, South Carolina, this Saturday.
10/17/13: The University of Missouri football program scored a major victory last Saturday by upsetting the #8 ranked Georgia Bulldogs on the road. A year ago, many were mocking both Mizzou and Texas A&M , claiming they could not compete in the SEC. A&M had a great season last year, and Mizzou is now 2-0 in the SEC this season - with both wins coming on the road. Moreover, both wins - over Vanderbilt and Georgia - were decisive victories. The Tigers knocked off the Bulldogs 41-26 and will surely move up in the polls. The loss knocks the Bulldogs out of national championship contention, and may destroy their hopes for winning the SEC East.
10/10/13: Mizzou posted an impressive victory this past Saturday, with an SEC road win at Vanderbilt. The win puts the Tigers at 5-0 on the season and also gets them into the top 25 for the first time in a few years. Mizzou has looked much better in their second go round in the SEC. QB James Franklin is far more comfortable and running back Henry Josey is doing a better job of rushing. Mizzou cruised to a 51-28 win over the Commodores. The schedule tightens up now, though. Mizzou must head down to Athens, Georgia to face the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia is ranked in the top ten an survived a scare from Tennessee this past weekend.
10/3/13: Mizzou is 4-0 on the season, but that is not saying much because they have only played one opponent from a big conference. The victory in Indiana was nice, and showed that the Tigers have some playmakers. This past Saturday. Mizzou trounced Arkansas State 41-19 in yet another warm up game. The real season starts this Saturday when the Tigers head down to Vanderbilt for their SEC opener. A win may push the Tigers into the tow 25, while a loss will certainly keep them as an afterthought until they can show they can play in the SEC.
9/26/13: Mizzou passed its toughest challenge of the season so far, going on the road to defeat Indiana 45-28 last Saturday. The win brings the Tigers record to 3-0, though they have not played anyone at this point. QB James Franklin threw two TDs and running back Russell Hansbrough ran in two more. The team was never really tested at all. Mizzou may have one the easiest schedules to start a season and it does not get any more difficult this week. The Tigers host Arkansas State this weekend before starting their SEC schedule on October 5 at Vanderbilt.
9/19/13: Like fellow SEC school Florida, the Tigers had a bye week. After beating up on the Toledo Rockets and Murray State Racers (who knew that Murray became a state?), Mizzou really does not need the time off yet, but that is just how the schedule goes. The Tigers return to action on September 21st. They travel to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the University of Indiana in an SEC vs Big 10 matchup. Mizzou has two weeks to prepare and plenty of talent so this should not be a major test. The Tigers do not open up SEC Conference play until October 5th at Vandy.
9/12/13: The Mizzou Tigers are 2-0 after beating up on the Toledo Rockets in a game that was bought and paid for. The Tigrers beat the Rockets 38-23 in a game that was never really in doubt. Through two games, Tigers' QB James Franklin has thrown for 530 yards and two touchdowns. Mizzou's schedule gets a little harder this week as they travel to Bloomington, Indiana for a Saturday night game against the Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana is 1-1, having lost to Navy this past weekend 41-35. Mizzou should continue their winning streak and get half way to bowl eligible by the time this game is finished.
9/4/13: Taking a cue from several SEC teams, the Tigers scheduled the Murray State Racers for their season opener, and predictably blew them out of the stadium. The final score was 58-14, but give Murray State some credit for keeping it close for the first quarter. The Racers actually held the lead in the early going before Mizzou's talent and depth simply overpowered them. The Tigers have another warm-up game next week when they host the Toledo Rockets. The Rockets played their first game of the season in Gainesville, losing to the Florida Gators 24-6 in an obvious payout game.
8/29/13: Several teams schedule cupcakes in the early part of the season. Since there is no preseason, this give them a chance to get an easy win and work out the kinks. Usually this last two weeks, but the Missouri Tigers has somehow managed to schedule Murray State, Toledo, Indiana, and Arkansas State for their first month. Even after that, they play Vanderbilt, which has improved but is not a national powerhouse. Their first real test should be in mid-October when they travel to Georgia to face the Bulldogs. Hopefully they will be fully prepared by then and be able to challenge UGA.
8/22/13: Tigers' head coach Gary Pinkle has made his official decision, and Mizzou's quarterback will be the same as last year. James Franklin was in competition for his starting job, and has played well enough in spring and summer practices to keep it. The senior did not have a great season last year, Mizzou's first in the SEC, but should be better acclimated this time around. Franklin can play - no doubt about that - but he needs help from the defense so he is not constantly down by 14 points. That may be a tough order in the SEC East, but the team is confident they can improve upon last season.
8/15/13: Mizzou is expecting sophomore Dorial Green Beckham to step into the legacy of heralded Tiger pass catchers this season; players that include Kellen Winslow Sr., Jeremy Maclin, and Denario Alexander. DGB was the most heralded recruit in the nation coming out of high school, and was a major signing coup for coach Gary Pinkle and his staff. DGB was good as a freshman, but not spectacular. With a season under his belt, comfort in his surroundings, and knowledge of the playbook, the Tigers hope he develops into the wide receiver they envisioned, and lead the team to an improved record in the SEC.
8/8/13: Mizzou QB James Franklin is entering his senior season, and is expected to be the starter for the year. However, Franklin did not have a good 2012 season and may be looking over his shoulder at the guys behind him. Franklin caught the fans ire last season by sitting out a game against Texas A&M due to injury. He refused to take any pain medication and that did not sit well with Mizzou fans. But Franklin is looking out for his own best interests, and if preserving his body is a premium, then he should not be criticized for it. In any case, he will have to play better this season or he will finish his last season on the bench.
8/1/13: The Tigers earned their 16th commitment for the 2014 signing class with offensive lineman Sam Bailey. Bailey is from the southwestern area of the state and says he always wanted to play for the Tigers. No precise position has been decided for the 6'5, 225 pound lineman, but it will be on the offensive line. In other news, it looks like it is time for QB James Franklin to take the team on his shoulders. Franklin is a talented young QB, but struggled with the transition to the SEC last season. Here is hoping that he learns from the 2012 campaign and can put together a better performance this season.
7/25/13: As the Tigers get prepared for the second season in the SEC, the team has to be hoping for more success than in their first year. They found out quickly that life in the Big 12 is a lot different than in the SEC, and believe they are better prepared for the heightened crowds and competition this time around. A big question is where wide receiver Dorrial Green fits in. He was the top ranked player coming out of high school, but did not have much of an impact last season. Right now he is on the second team in practice. Perhaps that is just a motivating technique to get the most out of this unique talent.
6/20/13: Mizzou football has seen plenty of great quarterbacks and defensive players come through the ranks, but they rarely have had that game-changing running back. It looks like they may have to wait a little longer now as 2013 recruit Chase Abbington will enroll in junior college for the next season (by the way, how does this school keep getting so many players named 'Chase'). Abbington expects to enroll at Missouri eventually, but in reality he is a free agent. He expects to be courted by any number of teams. Mizzou must do their best to keep him if they want to make a mark in the SEC.
5/9/13: For the second year in a row, Mizzou has landed a top receiver. Last year, it was the famous DGB, who was the top prospect in the country. He had a decent freshman year, but will be expected to do much more this season. This time around, the Tigers got Thomas Richard, who has given the school his verbal commitment. Verbal commitments are not worth too much - players can always change their minds and coaches can always rescind a scholarship offer. But Richard seems firm, wants to play in the SEC, and intends to major in journalism - and Missouri has one of the top journalism schools in the country.
1/10/13: Alabama crushed Notre Dame to win the NCAA football crown - the most prestigious of all collegiate awards. The Crimson Tide rolled through the SEC while Mizzou struggled in its first year in the SEC. But the adjustment to basketball life in the new conference was not nearly as difficult. In their SEC opener, number 12 Missouri steamrolled the Tide 84-68. Mizzou did what stronger and deeper teams do - suffocate a weaker opponent. So while the Tigers may continue to hear the taunts of long-time SEC teams on the gridiron, they have instantly become a favorite for the conference crown in basketball.
12/20/12: Head Coach Gary Pinkle announced promotions for two staff members. Josh Henson will assume Offensive Coordinator duties with the departure of longtime OC Steven Yost. Andy Hill will coach quarterbacks and be an assistant head coach. The Tigers, despite not making a bowl game in their inaugural SEC campaign, have had several great pros from their program, including Will Witherspoon, Jeremy Maclin, Denario Alexander, and Josh Smith. Next season figures to be better for the Tigers, as they get accustomed to the physical nature of the SEC as opposed to the more finesse of the Big 12.
11/29/12: Mizzou played its final game of the season, a predetermined thrashing at the hands of Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M. While A&M earned respectability in the SEC, particularly by beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Missouri is still looked down upon, at least in football. The Tigers only managed two conference wins (against Kentucky and Tennessee), and did not earn the required six victories needed to be bowl eligible. Despite all of this, Coach Gary Pinkle claims that he is not making any changes to his staff, though they may want to rethink the spread offense against SEC defenses.
11/22/12: Tigers Head Coach Gary Pinkle has done a terrific job in the past dozen years. He resurrected a mediocre program, and even had Mizzou at No. 1 for a week. He defeated No. 1 Oklahoma on national TV a couple years ago and really brought pride back to Mizzou Football. But the challenge of the SEC may be too much for him. UM has only won two conference games this year (over lowly Kentucky and Tennessee), and now has to beat Texas A&M to become bowl eligible. The Tigers threw away a game against Syracuse, and look like they may be home for the holidays unless they pull off a stunning upset.
11/15/12: Mizzou's introduction to the SEC has not been nearly as pleasant as they had hoped. They started conference play with five straight losses, before finally beating Kentucky and Tennessee. The Tennessee game last Saturday was a thriller, where the Tigers came from behind late to tie the game. Four overtimes later, the stunned crowed at Neyland Stadium left unhappy and facing a winless conference schedule. The Tigers host Syracuse this Saturday and end the season against Texas A&M. Mizzou needs one more victory to become bowl eligible, though they will likely go to a third tier bowl game this season.
The Missouri Tigers play Division I college football for the University of Missouri in the Big 12 Conference. The Tigers play their home games on Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, MO. Missouri is coached by Gary Pinkel. Missouri's main rivals included Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
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The Tigers have been a part of the Big 12 since it was formed in 1996. The Missouri football program began in 1890. At the time, the Tigers were independent of any conference. They joined the Western Interstate University Football Association from 1892 until 1897. From 1964 until 1995, Missouri was part of the Big Eight Conference before finally settling into the Big 12. The program has not won a national title, but has claimed 15 conference titles in its history. The Missouri Tigers have not won a Big 12 title yet, but have won three North Division titles within the Big 12. They most recently won the North in 2010 with a 6-2 conference record. They've also appeared in 28 bowl games heading into the 2011 season.
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Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium, also known as 'The Zou', is located at 600 East Stadium Boulevard in Columbia, MO. The Tigers have called the 71,000-seat stadium home since 1926. It's the second biggest stadium in the state (only the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium is bigger).
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